Hemorrhoids

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What is hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. They can be inside the anus (internal), under the skin around the anus (external), or protruding from inside to outside of the anus.

Common symptoms reported by people with hemorrhoids

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with hemorrhoids

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortizone-10)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
hemorrhoids (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Stool Softener)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
hemorrhoids (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrocortisone suppositories)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
hemorrhoids (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
hemorrhoids (3)

Data from patients with hemorrhoids, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with hemorrhoids

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain hyperactivity
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortizone-10)
Perceived effectiveness
for hemorrhoids (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
hemorrhoids (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain vomiting
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Stool Softener)
Perceived effectiveness
for hemorrhoids (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
hemorrhoids (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness dry mouth 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrocortisone suppositories)
Perceived effectiveness
for hemorrhoids (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
hemorrhoids (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
hemorrhoids (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with hemorrhoids, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has hemorrhoids on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 24
30s 68
40s 102
50s 94
60s 53
70+ 16
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 24
20-29 years 61
30-39 years 42
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 137
Female 217

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 179
Not Diagnosed 43

These charts show data from hemorrhoids patients who have completed their condition history
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